If you are anything like me, you might like to know how to freeze liquids without using plastic. I have a great solution that you can use to freeze soup, stock, milk or stew. Mason Jars. I am a homesteader. Of course the answer is mason jars, right?
Freezing liquids in mason jars is easy once you know how.
You may realize that freezing liquids in glass has a bad reputation, but I have some tips to help you avoid the disasters!
We currently have my mother’s dairy goat hanging out at our place with our Edith and stinky Freddy the buck. Hopefully this will mean we will have babies from the girls again later in the season. However, in the mean time I have a lot more goats milk than the odd bowl of cereal can keep up with.
After jumping on the plastic free bandwagon, I am trying to avoid using single use plastic. Or plastic at all, if it is possible. Mason jars solve many of my plastic free requirements. Including storing food, make shift lunch boxes, storing leftovers in the fridge and now, freezing liquids.
The risk of freezing liquids in glass is that liquids expand when they freeze.
This means that if you over fill the jars they will crack. This leaves you with both a big mess, ruined food and a wasted jar.
So what is the trick to freezing liquids in glass jars?
1) Use wide mouth jars and bottles if you can.
2) Keep the liquid an inch (2.5cm) below the shoulders of the jar.
Wide mouth jars have very little, if any, shoulder to the shape of the jar. The shoulder of the jar is where the wide bit starts to get narrow. It is also the area most likely to break when you are using glass to freeze things.
As the jar contents is freezing it will freeze from the outside inward. This means the piece of liquid sitting under the shoulders will be solid fairly near the beginning of the freezing process.
As the inside of the liquid freezes it pushes back against the outer layer that is already frozen, expanding the liquid upwards towards the space that you have left for it.
If there is not enough space below the shoulders, as the ice is forced straight up it will push right through the glass in it’s way causing it to crack.
SO, to ensure that you don’t crack all your jars, keep your liquid at least 1 inch below the shoulders of the jar.
Better yet try and get wide mouth jars that have very little shoulder.
Another option are glass flat dishes with re-usable lids like these. They are great as they are able to be stacked in your freezer. While they are not totally plastic free, they are very high quality and will last you a very long time.
Remember to label and date your jars so you know what is in there and what to use first!
So there you go, you CAN store your soups, stews, stocks and spare milk in the freezer without using plastic. Freezing liquids in glass ain’t so tricky after all.
How do you freeze liquids in the freezer? Let me know in the comments below.
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Dana is a homesteading, homeschooling mama to 3, based in the south of New Zealand.
She is a Certified Ketogenic Living Coach, and natural wellness expert, as well as a Registered Nurse, with post grad training in mothers and babies. She has struggled with infertility and PCOS and conceived all 3 babies naturally.
Dana is passionate about natural health and gentle parenting. With a background in well child / baby nursing she loves sharing what she knows with mamas, mamas-to-be and mama-want-to-be’s.
She enjoys getting out in the garden, or just sitting at the beach in the sun. Dana also blogs about fertility and pregnancy at naturalearthymama.com, coaches people through Simplyketogeniclife.com and creates meal plans for earthlarder.com